Malaysia Reopens Borders and Eases Travel Restrictions

As of April 1, 2022, Malaysia reopened its borders to foreigners. The Malaysia-Singapore border can now be crossed as well. 

Now international visitors must present a negative RT-PCR test taken prior to leaving for the country and a Rapid Antigen test upon their arrival. 

On April 27 it was announced that many domestic Covid restrictions will be lifted as of May 1. The health situation has been improving in the country since the number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing along with hospitalizations. On April 18, 4,389,025 Covid cases and 35,421 deaths were registered in the country.

Starting from May 1, vaccinated travelers will no longer be obliged to take a Covid test before departure or upon arrival, informs Passport-photo.online.

The land border Malaysia-Singapore reopened on November 29 for vaccinated people. Before the pandemic, this border was one of the most crossed in the world. The two countries were previously connected by 29,000 flights per year and 300,000 land crossings per day. 

To come to Malaysia, medical tourists will have to create a profile on the Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) and download the app. 

Moreover, they must present a negative test result and take a Covid test upon arrival. After that, they need to directly reach the hospital or venue where they will be hospitalized. If the tourist is accompanied by a guardian or a family member, this person will need to follow the exact same rules. 

Foreign tourists can travel to Malaysia only via the Langkawi International Tourism Bubble (Inbound). Americans can reach the country only if they can travel under this scheme.

Why is it worth visiting Malaysia?

Malaysia is located in Southeast Asia and is part of the Malay Peninsula. Its natural beauty, white sandy beaches, and tropical rainforests have always been an attraction for tourists. Different nationalities and cultures coexist in the country: Malay, Chinese, Indian, and European.

Visitors can decide to visit the Malay Peninsula or the Malaysian Borneo. The first one is contemporary with its modern capital, Kuala Lumpur, while the second one offers visitors wild jungles and exotic animals to enjoy. 

It’s possible to dive, see the ancient towns and stay in luxurious resorts. 

For those who want to relax on white sandy beaches, Langkawi has 99 islands from which it’s possible to choose. One of the main attractions is the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, where it’s possible to meet rescued orangutan orphans, who are trained and released into the wild once they’re ready.

In Kuala Lumpur, visitors can enjoy the Petronas Twin Towers, which are the world’s highest twin buildings. The Batu Caves not far from the city have beautiful Hindu art and Buddhist and Hindu temples. The Bukit Bintang shopping district is vibrant day and night and offers a wide range of dishes worth trying.